By: Erin Rose Hennessy
I recently had a day off on a gorgeous April day, and decided to hop on my bike and ride across the mighty Mississippi and visit a river-side park on the other riverbank.
I love walking in and enjoying nature, whether alone, with a good friend, or with a few small charges.
This park is in a naturally restored “oak savanna.” Before my city was built, this was it’s natural state. Their goal was to create an area of natural central Minnesota habitat. I think they accomplished it beautifully!
When I first walked into the park, the trails jutted out in different directions. So many areas to explore!
A view of the river is a staple for a Mississippi valley park, especially when trees are beginning to bloom!
Walking so close to the bluff’s edge made this girl relieved there was a fence! I’m always struck with the immensity of the river, but also how calming it is!
I also found a spot where a tree was growing right around the fence! A classic example of nature meets humankind. Part of the reason I love places like this is humans respecting and existing peacefully with nature.
I had packed a picnic and enjoyed my lunch by the river before I biked home. I need to go back to this park in the summer once blooms and greens are abundant!